Articles

We are currently in the process of writing a collection of articles that will hopefully prove useful, not only to our customers but also other general internet users. Please feel free to have a look through them and if you have any suggestions of any other articles you would like to see do let us know and we may be able to write one for you. All these articles are written by Thistle Trekking Staff with a wealth of knowledge and experience in working in the outdoor industry.

West Highland Way Pocket Guide.

This mini guide has been written for anyone walking The West Highland Way. Over the years I have gathered a lot of local knowledge while walking…

How to Take a Bearing Using a Map and Compass.

When it comes to navigation most people learn how to take a bearing quite early on. It is a simple but effective navigational tool…

Training for The West Highland Way.

We often get asked what is the best way to train for a West Highland Way Trek? Now, this will of course depend on your own own personal fitness and…

LYME DISEASE – What is it & how can we reduce the risks while walking this summer?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, which can be extremely serious if it isn’t diagnosed at an early stage. The disease is caused by bacteria of …

The Golden Eagle

To see a Golden Eagle in flight is still one of the best wildlife experiences you can have in the UK. Watching them, holding their wings in a casual V-shape and floating up and down on thermals, is to immediately connect with something timeless …

Ben Nevis at Sunset

Ben Nevis – The Tallest Mountain in the UK

350 million years ago a huge active volcano exploded spewing hot lava, ash and gases from the earths crust into the atmosphere. The explosion was so violent that the volcano collapsed in on itself. The remains of that volcano…

How to Survive the Midge!

Since I spend nearly every day in the summer outside in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, I have had more than my fair share of midge bites! However, over the years I have found some of the best ways…

Top Ten Tips for The West Highland Way

There is a very good chance that Scarlet has guided more West Highland Way walks than anyone else in the UK, she guides it about 6 times a year. Below are her top 10 tips for a happy…

Walking Boots

Troubled Soles – Foot Blisters and What to Do About Them

A foot blister is a pocket of serum that develops over small tears in the layers of skin that cover our feet. Eventually the fluid is reabsorbed by new skin and the blister disappears. Despite being

The Benefits of Walking

A quick Internet search, “the benefits of walking”, will throw up enumerable reasons to go for a walk. Through frequent walking you can look forward to increased general fitness, decreased chance …

Wildlife of Skye

The Wildlife of Skye

The Isle of Skye is quoted as being a “special place” in numerous blogs, guidebooks and websites. This year I visited the isle for the first time with Thistle Trekking and it is special …

Next Month’s Article…. Geology of The North West by John King

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